Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Protest the DeLay rule change

Congressman Henry Bonilla (R-TX) is proposing a change in the House rules to get House Majority Leader Tom DeLay off the hook for an impending indictment. DeLay has been implicated by press reports as the architect of a scheme to illegally raise and launder corporate contributions to advance his Texas redistricting plan. Under current rules, if DeLay (like three of his associates and eight of the corporations that gave contributions) gets indicted he would have to resign his Majority Leader post. That is, until they consider the rule change offered by Bonilla on Wednesday, November 17th.

Take action now to protest this outrageous change:

Contact Congressman Henry Bonilla immediately at (202) 225-4511 and tell him to drop his rule change proposal, or click here to send an email.

After you have called, let us know what you hear. Post a comment below, or offer your suggestions.

You would think it should be as simple as this: A member of congress who is indicted for criminal activity should not be a leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives.

If you want to read more, click here or read one of the stories below.

Washington Post

New York Times

Associated Press


  • I called to voice my opposition. Please do the same.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:23 AM  

  • I just called the number posted to protest and got a monotone voiced young male Texan on the line. I can't help but wonder if this was the correct number. There was no noise in the background and it didn't sound like a Congressman's office.

    When I attempted to email it would not go through so I am going to the House website to email him!

    By Blogger DrBella, at 10:14 AM  

  • Since the email address on this site didn't accept the email I sent, I went to and used the Texas Zip Code for Alpine, TX 79830

    This email went through to the Congressman trying to protect Tom DeLay from the same rules that everyone else has to follow.

    By Blogger DrBella, at 10:29 AM  

  • More Delay's magic:

    Until we held Delay responsible, he was going to allow trains (who had paid him big BUCKS!!) to transport hazardous materials near his Clear Lake constiuients.

    He's going to now claim that he protected Clear Lake -- but as this article proves -- he would've sold us out if people didn't start campaigning against him & held him accountable.

    He was forced to do the right thing -- not willing. & the next time around, if we're not watching, he'll sell us out to big interests again.

    Is that the kinda guy you want?

    By Blogger krazypuppy, at 1:08 PM  

  • When indictments charge three of his associates and seemed to focus on him he said, "oh its just politics". As in its just American Justice and Democracy in action. When admonished for committing what in most places is a crime he said, "I would never knowingly violate the rules of the House" as though he does not know that Bribery is wrong, in the House or anywhere. Now, faced with the realization that the rest of the universe might conisder that his behavior is wrong, he wants to change the rules. This is consistent with the right wing notion that the rules that apply to the rest of us do not apply to them. We the people want fundemental fairness to apply to everyone. We need to stay informed and active without letup.

    By Blogger Dist22pf, at 1:48 PM  

  • what hypocrisy!

    remember why the republicans put this rule in the first place??it was to highlight & politically embarrass Dan Rostenkowski a Democrat.

    By Blogger krazypuppy, at 2:03 PM  

  • Thanks for the posts and the articles. Please (!) keep posting them -- I had seen the Hill article, but not the Casey column -- it is very helpful for those of you in TX to bring things to my attention.

    If anyone has a quick analysis of the race in terms of where the vote came from for DeLay and where it came from for Morrison and what that meant for 2006, that would be instructive as we think about our work going forward.

    By Blogger David Donnelly, at 2:49 PM  

  • I called and asked the girl who answered the phone if it was true that Bonilla was proposing a House rule change that would benefit DeLay should he be indicted. When she said that it was true I asked her if that itself didnt sound criminal. I told her that I was extremely opposed to the proposal and demanded that Bonilla stop with the charade. The girl asked where I was calling from and assured me that she would forward my message along to Bonilla. It was a very polite call but, I decided to write letters of outrage to all of his offices just in case my phone message does not reach him.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:57 PM  

  • david, if you need help in doing legwork or analysis, i'm willing.

    i would need help in resources. i have done work as an editor so that may help.

    just let me know....

    By Blogger krazypuppy, at 3:52 PM  

  • Of seven congressional districts that include all or part of Harris County, the closest race involved U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, who squeaked by with 59 percent of the vote in Harris County. (He received 55 percent overall.)

    Interesting. What does his district cover?

    By Blogger krazypuppy, at 3:58 PM  

  • krazypuppy,

    Send me an email at with contact info (phone, email, etc.). I have a busy week, but let me see if I can squeeze in a call.


    By Blogger David Donnelly, at 4:08 PM  

  • A basic map of District 22 can be found at:

    A good place to look for current and historical records is at: Notice that Fort Bend, Brazoria and Harris county support has dropped since 2002. Additionally, DeLay lost in Galveston county (newly added to his district).

    Quick rundown (DeLay % of vote):

    BRAZORIA: 2002 – 66%, 2004 – 58%
    FORT BEND: 2002 – 60%, 2004 – 53%
    HARRIS: 2002 – 66%, 2004 - 59%
    GALVESTON: 2002 – N/A, 2004 - 41%

    I live in Clear Lake (Harris) and my particular precinct voted against DeLay (I was surprised).

    By Blogger Christopher Price, at 1:49 PM  

  • Thanks, Christopher. I will check out the links. Good to hear about your precinct.

    By Blogger David Donnelly, at 1:58 PM  

  • Looks like Richard Morrison took down the image of District 22.

    I googled for an up to date image of 22. I saw one on Delay's site -- but it's from 2002

    I don't think reflects the changes that he illegally pushed.

    Is that correct? Does someone have an up to date map of District 22 incorporating changes to 22.

    By Blogger krazypuppy, at 11:49 AM  

  • Concerning the vote on the DeLay nonsense, I called the office of Rep. Pitts (Millersville, PA); a man answered, who told me he did not know how Rep. Pitts voted. I asked why he didn't know. He said they were moving things around in the office now and he can't get the information. We went around and around, then he said he would send me a letter. I finally said in frustration that was "bullshit," in response to which he asked me not to use that language. I said "Why? If the vice-president can use an expletive in Congress, why can't I say "bullshit"? He then hung up on me. I immediately called back, got a woman. Same runaround. I will get a letter.
    "When can I expect this letter?"
    "Two weeks to a month."
    "I think you are a bunch of thugs," I told her.

    I'm paying taxes for crap like this!!!!!!
    Richard Kelly
    Millersville, PA

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:47 PM  

  • krazypuppy,

    You are correct, the map on DeLay's congressional website has not been updated to show the new district map.

    I checked again and was able to see the map on Morrison's site. If you continue to have problems, you can find a map on DeLay's campaign site at:


    By Blogger Christopher Price, at 5:33 PM  

  • Morrison's site is displaying the correct map now -- don't understand why I got the 404 earlier.

    Here's the best map I've seen:

    Just some quick analysis:

    Galveston: This is a new county & he hasn't gotten traction there. What's the ethnic make-up? Also, Blue-collar/White collar? Union?

    Clear Lake: Large refineries here & of course NASA. Don't think Bush has done much for Nasa.

    Fort Bend: Has a large asian population. They are not traditional Republican (but also, they are not traditional politically active). I grew up here. Missouri City has a large black population. If we can increase Asian turn-out & Mo City turn-out, it'd be good for us.

    Seems like his strength would be in the West (Fort Bend & Pearland).

    Your takes? I'll do some research but collaboration is always better

    By Blogger krazypuppy, at 5:52 PM  

  • Going after the accuser: What the Republicans do bestRepublican's are assaulting Ronnie Earl, the Travis County DA who gave up retirement to make sure someone had the backbone to go after Tom Delay.

    They are saying that it's a political vendetta. That was the justification of changing the rule so that Tom Delay could stay the party leader.

    No doubt Democrats lodged the complaint. BUT if there was nothing there, the law would not have indicted 3 of Delay's partners and would not be going after Delay right now.Ronnie Earl's record?

    12 Democrats prosecuted vs 5 Republicans including the powerful Attorney General of Texas at the time Democrat Jim Maddox

    10 of whom were found or pleaded guilty.

    Earl's homepage:

    The best the Republicans have come up with is that Earl did not prosecute Dan Morales a Democrat. The reason why? The Feds were already prosecuting him & instead of going for the publicity of jumping on the band wagon, Earl's let the Feds successfully prosecute Morales.

    Let your local & national media know these facts & TALK these facts, b/c it's important that people do not PERCIEVE or even WONDER if this is political.

    What about sending District 22 constituents a letter stating the facts about Earl?(this is a re-post)

    By Blogger krazypuppy, at 6:08 PM  

  • The following is based on my personal experience, but should be in the ballpark.

    >Galveston: This is a new county & he hasn't gotten
    traction there. What's the ethnic make-up? Also, Blue-collar/White collar? Union?

    Most of the Galveston area in his district is predominately blue-collar. Sante Fe is generally lower-class Anglo (trying to avoid slang, here). La Marque and Hitchcock have a substantial Afro-American population. The more affluent and predominately white-collar populate Tiki Island.

    Also note that many of the people in these areas work in the refineries in Texas City. Texas City actually has some of the largest refineries in Houston. “The Explosion” happened in Texas City in 1947 (

    > Clear Lake: Large refineries here & of course NASA.

    Actually, Clear Lake City doesn’t contain many large refineries. NASA employees are a prime resident here. Also included in the greater Clear Lake area is Friendswood, Webster, Nassau Bay, El Lago and Seabrook. In this area, it is critical to target DeLay’s record against NASA.

    The recent Port of Houston Authority project ( has been a big issue here. DeLay suddenly became outspoken against this project when he gained this area in the redistricting effort. Prior to the redistricting he hardly gave it a passing glance, since one of his largest contributors is the petrochemical industry.

    Most of the large refineries are located in the more blue-collared areas, such as Pasadena, Deer Park, La Porte and Shoreacres. These areas also contain a larger Afro-American population than the greater Clear Lake area.

    > Fort Bend:

    I’m not as familiar with the Fort Bend area as the others previously discussed. DeLay has been a big supporter in the enlargement of I-59. This has helped bring affluent population into Fort Bend. Many of these people work downtown, and the commute time has been cut down considerably. The housing in the area is more affordable than other suburbs, as well.

    > Seems like his strength would be in the West (Fort Bend & Pearland).

    I would generally agree with this statement. Unfortunately, I must also point out that the newly acquired regions in the East will probably be his longest lasting supporters. Many of these people vote straight Republican tickets. He will probably continue to do poorly in Galveston County. These people have hardly heard of DeLay, except for the recent news of his recent redistricting scandal and possible indictment.

    By Blogger Christopher Price, at 1:36 AM  

  • Looks like Delay escaped Justice today:

    The jury won't indict him.

    However, if you read the article, it clearly states that

    1. they knew he had some involvement in the group

    2. that they believed he did something improper but could not find enough proof (thank god for paper shredders & loyal family members, huh, Delay?

    3. that the DA wasn't going after him b/c of politics (12 Dems prosecuted vs 5 Repubs)...

    what do you guys think about putting up billboards around houston saying effectively shame on yait would (a) keep the story alive, (b) let people know that there was illegal actions but that delay hid all the evidence

    and (c) most importantly, not let Delay close this chapter in his terms -- we need to close it on our terms!keep it at least grey, something that we can raise next time around or just to keep his power weak

    (sorry, this is a re-post, but I wanted it to get seen)

    By Blogger krazypuppy, at 6:38 PM  

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